A whole host of events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy will take place across St Helens this September, including here in Newton-le-Willows, to celebrate Heritage Open Days.
Taking place between 10-19 September, Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture which encourages venues across the country to throw open their doors to celebrate heritage, community, and history – giving visitors the chance to see hidden gems and try out new experiences.
St Helens Borough Council’s award-winning Library Service will join thousands of other organisations across the country in hosting a number of interesting and entertaining sessions on yesteryear. From viewing historical maps, talks on local areas and traditions – to fun heritage activities for children, as well as the opportunity to view a fascinating archive collection which contains more than two million items.
The activities include:
Meet the Archivist
View historic documents, ask questions about the borough’s archive collections and find out about the new heritage project.
Taking place at:
- Parr Library – Friday 10 Sept 10.30am
- Moss Bank Library – Friday 10 Sept 2.30pm
- Thatto Heath Library – Mon 13 Sept 10.30am
- St Helens Library – Tuesday 14 September 10.30am
- Rainhill Library – Thursday 16 Sept 2.30pm
- Haydock Library – Friday 17 September 2.30pm
St Helens Archive Tour
A guided tour of the archive service, taking you behind the scenes into the basement of the Gamble Building. View some fantastic local treasures and learn about how the borough’s historic documents are preserved for future generations. Each tour lasts approximately one hour and can be booked by contacting St Helens Archive Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01744 671748.
The tours take place on:
- Friday 10 September 10am & 2pm
- Monday 13 September 10am
- Wednesday 15 September 2pm
- Thursday 16 September 10am & 2pm
- Saturday 18 September 10am
Heritage Open Days Children’s Crafts
From building a cardboard castle, making a Georgian fan, creating your own Coat of Arms or completing your family tree, there will be a range of activities across St Helens Libraries, on the following days:
- Parr Library – Monday 13 September – 4-5pm
- Chester Lane Library – Monday 13 September – “Heritage activity for children” – from 4pm to 5pm
- Rainford Library – Monday 13 September 4-5pm
- Moss Bank Library Monday 13 Sept 4-5pm
- Rainhill – Tuesday 14 Sept 3.15pm
- St Helens Library – Thursday 16 September 3.30pm – 4.15pm
- Eccleston Library – Thursday 16 Sept 3.30pm
- Newton-le-Willows – Thursday 16 September 3.30pm
- Haydock Library – Thursday 16 September 3.30pm
- Thatto Heath Library – Friday 17 Sept 3.30pm
Fond Memories Session
Informal talks on local areas and traditions, taking place at:
- Chester Lane Library Tuesday 14 September 2.30pm Using photographs and material from our archives, join us to reminisce about the history of the area.
- Rainford Library Thursday 16 September – local speaker Barbara Hurst 2-3pm
- Rainford Library Monday 20 September 10.30-11.30am -Map Viewing Session
- Come along and view historical maps from the local area
- Newton-le-Willows Library – Friday 10 Sept 2.30pm Map viewing session
- Eccleston Library – Monday 13 Sept 2.30pm Map viewing session
Heritage Open Day Online
There’ll also be a range of digital information and activities across the Heritage Open Day period via St Helens Libraries Facebook page:
- From The Archives ‘Back to School’ Friday 10 September 11am
- Children’s digital Heritage Open Day craft – Wednesday 15 September